May 8 – 10, 2015 – Philadelphia, PA

Our most anticipated show of the year

Coco Paniora Salinas

The Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen returns to Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Square with its fourth annual juried fine craft fair over Mother’s Day weekend, May 8, 9 & 10. The event was named a Top 100 Fine Craft Fair in the nation by ArtFair Sourcebook, a respected publication in the craft industry known for its artist-submitted show reviews.

Through a partnership with Friends of Rittenhouse Square and in conjunction with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, this event brings 145 fine craftsmen from across the country and Canada to downtown Philadelphia.

145 white tent canopies brimming with beautiful objects line the sidewalks surrounding the outer perimeter of the renowned park. Patrons will enjoy the natural beauty of Rittenhouse Square’s waving canopy of trees and the nearby cafes as they browse through the booths of independent craftsmen.

Roughly half of the event features functional home décor such as furniture, pottery, clocks, glass, photography and other furnishings. The other half showcases wearable arts such as jewelry, clothing, accessories, and leather and fiber handbags. Regardless of medium, all Pennsylvania Guild craftsmen make it their passion to elevate everyday functional items into the realm of the visionary.

Three Philadelphia-area jewelers are stretching the boundaries of their craft through innovation, vision, and style.  Nicolette Absil, of Mantua, NJ, etches vitreous enamel that has been fused to a form, she is then able to draw onto it, allowing her to fuse nature-oriented images into the glass, creating distinctive, yet easy to wear jewelry.  Featured jeweler Rona Fisher, of Philadelphia, specializes in custom work stating “using jewelry as an expressive medium is a balancing act between process and idea. Getting too tangled up in the technical aspects can tilt the flow of a piece, putting the emphasis on technique rather than on the beauty of line.” Coco Paniora Salinas, of Collingswood, NJ, creates art that reflects Peru’s cultural history and diverse natural resources. Coco’s hand-woven designs are one-of-a-kind pieces that incorporate Peruvian 950 silver, alpaca silver, or hand knotted fiber macramé with stunning materials from his country of birth.

“As the national movement for buying handmade strengthens and deepens, we’re inspired by the ability of our established and emerging makers to connect with the trends of a community,” said Sherrie Boyer, executive director. “Wearing hand-crafted jewelry, statement handbags, and designer clothing all made in America is currently a badge of honor. We’re pleased that our event is a shopping experience for people seeking to make that statement.”

All the craft on display is the patient and careful work of the craftsmen in the booth.  Craft works include ceramics, jewelry, handmade clothing, weaving, artisan furniture, functional objects and more.

The Pennsylvania Guild is known for its premier events; the Guild’s largest is in Wilmington at Chase Center on the Riverfront (July) and in Lancaster at downtown’s new Convention Center (mid-November). Both of these shows feature 140 to 200 artisans.

Fair hours are 11 am to 7 pm Friday & Saturday, and 11 am to 5 pm Sunday. Admission is free. Street and garage parking is plentiful.

Preview the Fine Craft Fair